Living independently

    Fast facts

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      Many young people with epilepsy are able to live independently
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      Lots of things can affect people’s ability to live independently: their age, maturity, how their epilepsy affects them, other health conditions, ability to work and earn money
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      People with well controlled epilepsy have different needs than those who have uncontrolled seizures. Recognising how your epilepsy affects your daily life will influence decisions about living independently
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      If you’re not able to live independently there are other options for you to gain some independence

    Deciding to live independently


    Be realistic about what is possible and safe enough for you


    If you don’t drive, consider access to public transport, shops and other facilities when choosing somewhere to live


    Would living in a house-share rather than on your own provide extra support?


    What sort of accommodation would be suitable for you? Do you need a shower rather than a bath? Do you need somewhere without stairs?


    If you’re not ready to live on your own, could supported living be an option for you?

    Before you move – things to do and think about

    Flatmates watching TV

    When you move

    Male flatmates in their kitchen

    Money and benefits

    Learning to manage your money is an essential skill for living independently. There’s more info on the benefits, money and benefits page.


    Needs assessments

    If you need care or support to be able to manage day-to-day, you can ask for a needs assessment from your local council. If you need physical adaptations to your home, you can apply for a home assessment from your local council.

    Local council finder

    Local council finder

    More info about needs assessments and home assessments

    Needs assessments
    Disabled girl with her mum

    Supported housing

    The purpose of supported housing (sometimes called supported living) is to enable people to live as independently as possible. There are different types of supported housing depending on what people need. The accommodation could be a shared house or your own flat. There are housing associations and charities that provide supported housing for different types of support needs.

    Contact the housing service at your local council to find out what’s available in your area and if you would qualify.

    Find your local council

    Local council finder

    Stories by you

    Do you have a story to share about living independently? Get in touch

    Student in his bedroom

    Do something

    Are you planning to live independently at some point in the future?

    If so, is there anything you can be doing now to be ready for it?

    For example:

    More info

    Safety info on The Epilepsy Space

    Safety info

    Gaining independence info on The Epilepsy Space

    Gaining independence

    Benefits, money and budgeting info on The Epilepsy Space

    Benefits, money and budgeting
    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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